L.A based artist Matt Simons has a unique ability to reach a global audience, with an accessible sound that still feels personal to each of his fans worldwide. Following a string of hit singles, Matt returns in what has turned into an extraordinary year with his most infectious single yet.
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Better Tomorrow sees Matt collaborate with the Swedish virtuoso producer Hampus Lidvall (Zara Larsson, Icona Pop, Sigala), taking his music in an exciting new direction whilst retaining the essence of his celebrated song writing.
Addressing the anxiety and that he experienced when he was younger, the song perfectly encapsulates the anxious mood we all live in right now in 2020, whilst offering reassurance that everything might not what it seems.
Says Matt: “Around the age of 18, I had my first panic attack and went to the emergency room because I thought I was going to die. It’s an extremely lonely and helpless feeling when our brains turn on us and create the feeling of imminent danger when there really isn’t any there. I hope the song Better Tomorrow song can bring some comfort to those who also struggle with anxiety and mental health, especially during these unprecedented times”.
The video for Better Tomorrow was directed by VMA nominated Mercedes Bryce Morgan and was shot in LA under strict regulation due to COVID 19. With choreographed dancers representing the voices in Matt’s head that play tricks with his mind, the video illustrates the themes in the song with Matt finally realising that all is not what it is in his head.
A story of humble beginnings, Simons grew up in Palo Alto, California as the grandson of two opera singers. He spent much of his early life studying jazz and classical music, playing the piano before switching to clarinet & guitar before crafting his own, melodic pop identity. It wasn’t long before he took steps to self-promote his releases online. To his surprise, his appealing pop sensibilities picked up an audience in The Netherlands, where his career started to really take off. A sync on a Dutch TV show and a string of tour dates, meant he had the perfect foundation to build a career overseas. Deepend’s remix of “Catch & Release” bubbled up organically and ended up to as one off 2016’s biggest hits, reaching Gold and Platinum status in a dozen territories and the top of the European Airplay chart. 2018’s ‘We Can Do Better’ and Open Up (2019) following close behind, with success spreading even further.
The release of Better Tomorrow is a tentpole moment for Matt in 2020, with more material slated to be released in the future, culminating in an EP sometime in 2021.
Watch the video for ‘Better Tomorrow’ here: